Labor Day Weekend Retreat


Dr. Philip Mamalakis, with his wife Georgia and seven children, lives in Boston, Mass., where he is the Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He also has a private practice where he works with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Mamalakis has an M.Div. from Holy Cross and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in child development and family studies. He has been offering parenting courses and writing on parenting for 21 years. He enjoys leading seminars and retreats on relationships, marriage, parenting, and family life as well as on Orthodoxy and psychology.


The Labor Day Weekend Retreat will be held at the beautiful

St. Iakovos Retreat Center


Click here to view the draft schedule for the weekend


SATURDAY Workshop 1:

Parenting from the Inside, Out

It is easy, in the midst of the demands of life and the challenges of parenting, to lose sight of the inner life of our children. Yet, the way we react or respond to our children shapes their inner life, the way they see themselves, God, and the world. In this workshop we will explore and discuss how to respond to our children at all times, and particularly when they misbehave, in ways that shape their inner life toward Christ, the Church, God and His Kingdom.

SATURDAY Workshop 2:

Parenting From the Outside, In

Increasingly in our culture, authority and obedience are considered bad words. Yet, God has given us real authority as parents and obedience is critical to a peaceful home and growing closer to God. In this workshop we will explore how we, as Orthodox, understand our authority as parents, and the difference between being in charge and being in control. We will discuss strategies for setting limits, giving consequences, and staying in control, as parents, of ourselves as our children learn to control their own actions and behaviors.


Meet&Greet, meals, family free time, family olympics, worship services including Divine Liturgy


Weekend Retreat Pricing includes meals, materials, workshops, and activities

    • $275 for the first two registrations (eg husband and wife) plus....

$50/child 12+

$25/child 4-11 year

(children 3 and under free)

    • Family price capped at $425
    • Registration price increased by $50 Aug 16 (final day to register Aug 22)


Special Day Rate for families not staying at the Retreat Center (only includes lunch & dinner on Saturday and Saturday workshops)

    • $220/family (up to 5 people) plus...*

$25/additional family member ages 4+

    • Day Rate capped at $270

This unique Day Rate is being offered due to the popularity of our speaker and the space limitations of the overnight facilities. We do encourage families to strongly consider staying for the entire weekend, as it offers much more time for fellowship and a more complete, well-rounded retreat experience.

*price increased by $50 8/16

Lodging Prices

Hotel-style rooms (for up to 6): $99/night (two night required stay)

Cottages (ideal for families with children aged 5+): $50/family/night

Lodging will be assigned in the order that registrations are received, so don't delay!

When you register, you will provide information about your children's ages, as well as your lodging preferences. Within a week, you will receive an invoice via email based on your selections. You may pay this invoice online with a credit card or by check, which you can mail to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, Ill.


Registration will open at 7 am on Wednesday July 18 and will close on August 22

Use the button above or click here to register for the Labor Day Weekend Retreat!


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